SMECO newsletter

volume 66 - issue 12 - December 2016

Tips to save money this winter

One of the key tips to saving energy over the winter months is to know the type of heating system you have and maintain it properly. Try the tips below for more ways to help you save energy and money during the winter months.

• Have an energy audit performed on your home to check for air leaks and to check insulation levels. A tight and well-insulated house will make you feel more comfortable and will reduce energy costs. SMECO offers the discounted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program, which takes a comprehensive look at your home to determine opportunities for savings.

• Weatherize your home to keep conditioned air in—air leaks are the biggest culprit in making homes uncomfortable—use weather stripping, caulk, spray foam, and clear plastic to seal drafts in the winter.

• Open curtains and blinds during the day to let the sun shine in. Use cellular blinds and insulated curtains to add to overall comfort and R-value.

• Limit the use of exhaust fans during winter months and prevent the house from becoming too dry.

• Insulate your attic to at least R-38. A clue to know how well insulated your attic is? If snow melts quickly from the roof, you don't have enough insulation. A Quick Home Energy Check-up will assess insulation levels as part of the professional walk-through.

Remember that energy use varies based on many factors, including the amount of insulation and the type of heating system in the home. Adjusting your energy use on cold days can help control winter electric bills. Find more ways to save this winter at smeco.coop/save-energy-and-money.